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Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly

CANOC XX General Assembly took place on 4th and 5th November 2022 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Delegates elected new president and Executive Board for a four year term until 2026. Brian Lewis former President of CANOC is followed now by Keith Joseph from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Earlier this year at the 2022 Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe seven sports were in the Games programme. Currently three sports, among them weightlifting is seeking admission to the next Caribbean Games to be held in 2025. The bidding for hosting the Games in 2025 has been extended until end of March 2023. In conjunction with the General Assembly CANOC organized a workshop where weightlifting had a presentation by Pan American Weightlifting Federation President, José Quinones and Barbados Amateur Weightlifting Association President, Andrew Callender. The two gentlemen introduced weightlifting, the Caribbean Members and the Caribbean Program of 2021, in which the Pan American Weightlifting Federation donated equipment to six Caribbean nations. As a part of the Caribbean Development Programme initiated by the Pan American Weightlifting Federation and supported by the International Weightlifting Federation, in 2022 Barbados Amateur Weightlifting Association and Weightlifting Canada will jointly host a technical & coaching course in Barbados from 21 through 27 November 2022. Weightlifting coaches from the Caribbean region can attend and the main objective of the course is to develop the sport of weightlifting in the countries of the English-speaking Caribbean. For 2023 several regional events are

Stephen and Coffa retain leadership roles at Oceania Weightlifting Federation elections

Marcus Stephen and Paul Coffa have both been re-elected unopposed to the top two positions in the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF). Other important decisions made at the OWF Congress in Sydney, Australia at the weekend included the awarding of the next two continental senior championships, which feature in the qualifying programme for Paris 2024. The 2023 Oceania Championships will run concurrently with the Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands next November-December, and the 2024 Championships will be a few months later in Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of February. Stephen, from Nauru, is beginning his fourth term as President, a role he will hold until 2024. Coffa, an Australian who coached Stephen in the 1990s and has been involved in Oceania weightlifting for more than half a century, continues as secretary general. The next Electoral Congress is less than two years away - before or just after the Paris 2024 Olympic Games - because the Congress in Sydney was two years later than planned, having been delayed by COVID-related postponements. Simon Kent of New Zealand is one of two new vice-presidents elected. The other is Della Shaw Elder of Fiji, who was elected unopposed as the female vice-president, a role which is required under the OWF Constitution. Shaw Elder was just a few votes short of being elected to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board at its Electoral Congress in June and could, if she stands for OWF President in 2024, become the first female leader of any continental federation in the sport. Dika Toua, one of the biggest stars in weightlifting in Oceania, will hope to qualify for a sixth Olympics in Paris ©Getty Images Last year Shaw Elder was among those who complained to Coffa and Stephen about the way the OWF was being governed. Fiji was one of nine federations who wrote in May 2021 to call for elections at an Extraordinary Congress, but none were held until this weekend. The proceedings in Sydney were "very successful and held in a most friendly atmosphere", Coffa said. Two vice-presidents were re-elected, Jerry Wallwork of Samoa and Luisa Peters of Cook Islands. Three new members of the Executive Board were voted in - John Davis of Northern Marianas, Edgar Molinos of Guam and Stevick Patris of Palau. The assistant secretary is Lilly Coffa, technical chair is Sam Coffa, and masters chair is Coral Quinell - all Australian. The medical co-chairs are Dr Lisimoni Kami of Tonga and Dr Lawrence Teariki Puni of Cook Islands. Next year’s Oceania Youth and Junior Championships will be held on a date to be decided in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Oceania lifters, who were inconvenienced more than any other continent by COVID travel restrictions, had a successful year, winning 10 medals at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The continent’s two gold medallists in Birmingham, the multiple junior world record holder Eileen Cikamatana of Australia and the ever-improving Samoan Don Opeloge, will both be aiming for good results in December at the 2022 IWF World Championships in Bogota, Colombia. Another of Oceania’s big names, 38-year-old Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea, is hoping to qualify for the Olympic Games for a record sixth time. Source : Brian Oliver–

Pan American Junior Championships and South American Championships

Last week took place the Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru together with the South American Junior & Youth Championships and the South American U15 Championships. This was the first international weightlifting event where athletes competed on two platforms at the same time. Totally 17 countries have sent weightlifters to participate at least at one of the four events. Hampton Morris from USA broke his own junior world record, with a 163 kg in clean and jerk. Besides this world record, several Pan American and South American records have been broken. The different delegations expressed their satisfaction with the two platforms event and welcomed this initiative to be used more time in the future. The whole event can be looked back at the Youtube channel of the Pan American Weightlifting Federation.   

2022 IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA CONFIRMATION OF FINAL ENTRIES

THIS IS TO REMIND YOU THAT THE DEADLINE FOR CONFIRMING YOUR FINAL ENTRIES FOR THE 2022 IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IS  05 NOVEMBER 2022 (SATURDAY). PROCEDUREPlease visit the IWF E-ENTRY SYSTEM at https://www.iwf.net/e-entry_2022col/ SELECT a maximum of 12 ATHLETES (10+2 reserve) / GENDER – if available - from the registered PRELIMINARY ENTRIES. REMOVE athletes who WILL NOT PARTICIPATE in the competition. CONFIRM your FINAL ENTRIES by clicking on the "CONFIRM FINAL LIST" button. COMPETITION PROGRAM 03 DECEMBER 2022 / DEADLINE FOR VERIFICATION OF FINAL ENTRIES 04 DECEMBER 2022 / IWF SPECIAL CONGRESS (Hilton Bogota Corferias) 05-16 DECEMBER 2022 / IWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITION DOCUMENTS CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING LINK.ELIGIBILITY In accordance with article 5.5.16 of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules 2021 whereabouts information of the athletes shall be submitted at a minimum of three (3) months prior to the IWF World Championships. Athletes who wish to compete at the IWF World Championships shall submit their whereabouts information for the period outlined above at the latest on 05 SEPTEMBER 2022.  ADAMS Deadline for Q3 2022 for this event: 05 SEPTEMBER 2022.  ADAMS Deadline for Q4 2022 for this event: 30 SEPTEMBER 2022. An Athlete who does not comply with this provision is not eligible to compete at the IWF

IWF Executive Board strengthens commitment to anti-doping during in-person meeting in Rome

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) hosted an in-person meeting in Rome and reinforced its commitment to making improvements across anti-doping, governance, and its Constitution.It was the first time that the IWF Executive Board has met in Italy and IOC Member and Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) President Giovanni Malagò attended the start of the meeting to welcome the members to the CONI Headquarters. The EB followed up on the work done since the last in-person meeting in July and the commitments that had been made, including looking into conducting due diligence of the IWF over the past ten years. Enhancing the IWF’s robust anti-doping programme was also among the key items on the agenda and saw a presentation from Chair of the IWF Anti-Doping Commission Rune Andersen and Director General of the International Testing Agency (ITA) Benjamin Cohen. Proposals to further enhance the programme included expanding investigative powers, improving education, introducing minimum testing requirements for member federations, and addressing resources in intelligence and investigation. Special attention was paid to how the IWF can further enhance education among athletes, coaches, and National Federations.Protecting clean athletes was a clear guiding principle in the proposal around updating the Olympic Qualification System for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 presented by IWF EB member Matthew Curtain, the IF Delegate for Paris 2024. The Executive Board agreed in principle to strengthen the Qualification System, subject to written approval from the IWF Athletes’ Commission. Following IWF Athletes’ Commission approval, the document will be sent to the IOC for final approval.The EB also approved in principle a strict measure to exclude countries where out-of-competition testing is not possible as a further step to supporting IWF’s zero tolerance on doping. The ITA with the Anti-Doping-Commission will look into the legal possibilities and prepare a proposal for the IWF EB as soon as possible.IWF President Mohammed Jalood said:“This meeting was very productive and engaging. The Executive Board is passionate about constantly improving weightlifting for the benefit of our clean athletes. The IWF’s anti-doping programme is recognised as being one of the strongest among Olympic sports but we always want to go further and find ways to enhance it to better promote clean sport. This commitment to progress was clear in our discussions on anti-doping but also extends to our Olympic Qualification System, reforms on governance and the development of weightlifting.”During the Executive Board meeting there were presentations from the IWF Committees and an update on the Athletes’ Commission elections, which will be held during the World Championships in December.IWF General Secretary Antonio Urso delivered an update on the World Championships which will serve as the first qualification event for Paris 2024, as well as the IWF World Youth Championships in Tirana, Albania. Further progress reports were presented on the IWF World Junior Championships Guadalajara, Mexico and IWF World Senior Championships in Riyadh, Saudi